Paper Towns, the Movie, and More

BookendsAgloe (2)Cindy & Lynn: Are you ready for the release of the Paper Towns movie on June 24? We’ve been ready for a while. We picked up “John Green & I go way back!” buttons at the Penguin booth at the ALA Midwinter Meetings last January, but when Cindy tells her middle-school students that John was at her house seven years ago during the audiobook recording of Paper Towns at Brilliance Audio, their jaws drop. Tim Ditlow was working there at the time and asked Cindy and Lynn to host a little party for John and the audiobook’s narrator, Dan John Miller from the Detroit band, Blanche. It was the debut event for the Dobrez Tiki Bar, an 18-foot stress-relieving literary and  liquid oasis in West Michigan. The accompanying tropical directional sign boasts a marker announcing 580.6 mi. to the paper town of Agloe, New York. We’ve enjoyed watching John’s career unfold much like the 1946 Esso road map that includes the fictional Agloe among the real cities—yes, John, I still have the gifted map tucked away next to my book. Thanks! Grab your popcorn money, folks, and get ready.

P1900689While Cindy was in Rome last month she wandered into a bookstore called Libreria Fahrenheit 451. The bookstore carries “triumphant new and rare” titles and she saw only one book for teens or children: Città di Carta—or Paper Towns.

While we were at ALA Annual Conference, we had the good luck to meet Patrik Medley (Story Editor) and Zander Bauman (Director of Literary Affairs) of Twentieth Century Fox, home of Paper Towns, the movie. We got the scoop on a few other book-to-film tie-ins that are in the works so we can promote the books BEFORE there’s a movie to watch:

The Darkest Minds, by Alexandra Bracken

Ferals, by Jacob Grey

Love Letters to the Dead, by Ava Dellaira

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, by James Dashner. (This sequel releases September 18, 2015!)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

Steelheart, by Brandon Sanderson

The Young Elites, by Marie Lu

Some of these are coming in 2016, some are in development. If you want to keep up on options, castings, release dates, and other details of what’s in the works before the news hits websites like, Patrik suggested checking out Deadline Hollywood. You’ll thank him if it helps you stay a step ahead of your movie-addicted teens. Now, pass the Junior Mints, please, we’ve got a movie to watch.




About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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